Innovative Education Technologies Shift Conversation
At a time when the daily mantra in many districts has become “do more with less,” it’s understandable that keeping up with technological advances might not be a top priority. But make no mistake: Those technology innovations are transforming past practices in K-12 education.
Technology Leaders to Watch
We are preparing students for careers not yet imagined. With crystal balls in short supply, how are school leaders expected to design educational systems that meet the needs of the next generation’s workforce? A good start is keeping an eye on the innovations championed by NSBA’s “20 to Watch” educators.
Twitter 101 for School Boards
Twitter offers schools a powerful platform to provide real-time information to students, parents, and community members – and at no cost. Twitter has empowered anyone to share what’s on his or her mind with everyone – 140 characters at a time. Used correctly, Twitter can have many benefits for school board members.
School Leaders and Social Media
School districts know that more people are getting their news from social media. If public schools want to be heard in this new environment – if they, to use an old phrase, want to define themselves before being defined – they need to be active online as well.
The New Vo-Tech
Across the nation, districts are working to reinvent vocational education and occupational training opportunities. These programs are taking vo-tech into the 21st century, with an increasingly sophisticated and academically rigorous curriculum that’s rooted in providing students with real-world experiences and a serious exploration of career opportunities.
Planning for School Technology
Technology is one of the most valuable tools in my toolkit as a principal. Students use technology all the time to keep up with friends, find things to do, and look for new places to hang out. So why not leverage these tools to better engage students in their education?
The '20 to Watch': Technology Innovators
Ask any of the individuals recently named as a “20 to Watch” educator for NSBA’s 2012-13 recognition program, and they will all talk about their accomplishments in the context of their colleagues. In the multilayered, complex world of K-12 technology integration, it takes players at all levels to implement successful practices.
Put CTOs on the Top Tier Cabinet
With the right CTO, a district can identify solutions that will help it experience the disruptive success of Amazon by using technology to do things differently. Identifying the competencies for the perfect CTO is easier now thanks to the Consortium of School Networking’s (CoSN) Framework of Essential Skills for K-12 CTOs.
Virtual Learning Done Right
From institutions of higher education to corporate training and the military, online learning has taken root. The most important lifelong skills to be gained from an online learning experience, beyond the subject matter, are how to become an independent learner, manage one’s time, collaborate online with colleagues, and communicate effectively.
Using Technology to Tell Your Story
Storytelling is different in the digital age. With smartphones, flip video cameras, and inexpensive software, it’s easier than ever to create compelling new stories and slide shows. Social media outlets offer unlimited – and free – publishing opportunities. The final product may not rival traditional broadcast news, but neither does the cost.
School Leaders and E-rate
E-rate started as an effort to provide discounts for schools and libraries to acquire affordable telecommunication service and Internet access. Demand for program funds has steadily increased, while available funding has remained relatively unchanged. The likelihood that funds will be available for all applicants in future years is becoming increasingly uncertain.
Tablets in the Classroom
The popularity of tablets comes as no surprise to school technology advocates. Several factors have converged to make tablets attractive. Prices have fallen; funds previously restricted to textbook purchasing can now be used for school technology; and assessments for the Common Core State Standards will be heavily dependent on technology.
Mapping School Boundary Changes
GuideK12 has created a product specifically designed for K-12 decision-makers. The system captures proposed boundary adjustments and filter options to allow for easier comparisons between solutions, and to make the steps in the decision process more transparent to those individuals less familiar with executing such tasks.
Campaigning with Social Media
Social media is just another tool that allows people to interact with one another. What sets social media apart and makes it such an asset for those running an election campaign is its interactive and viral nature. Modern technology has had a multiplier effect on communication – for better and for worse.
School Boards in the Digital Age
What will 21st century school boards look like? If contemporary school boards can engage the demands of our new digital world and learn to respond, they will model the exact behavior future graduates will need to exhibit for success in our transformed world: the ability to be lifelong learners.
Saving Money With Green Schools Technology
Energy is the second largest line item in district budgets. Thanks to a prolonged economic downturn, educators are scrutinizing figures that once were considered fixed costs, taking large and small measures to make sure they get the most bang for their buck. In a word, schools are going green.
Preparing for E-Rate
It is important to remember that E-rate is a journey, not a race. So instead of letting E-rate fall by the wayside until the next big deadline, we offer a few simple suggestions for completing the work for this funding year, as well as for preparing for the next funding year and beyond.
Common Core Technology
Creating the Common Core State Standards was one thing. Building the computing capacity to implement them the way the consortia would like is a more complex matter. Ed-tech companies have an equally complex task in creating software that aligns with the assessments and provides highly adaptive computerized tasks based on them.
Protecting Your Data from Disaster
Schools must move from merely preparing for a crisis toward planning for how to keep critical operations and communications going through and beyond one. Data and IT protection are a part of that planning process. Preserving data is as important as collecting it.
Education Vital Signs: Technology Focus
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